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Buckle up- it's time for another weekly news round-up.

Journalists arrested, peace talks afoot, protests, parks and more.
The weekly newsletter is back after the summer holiday hiatus. Focusing on this week’s events, but if you fancy a catch-up with what has happened the past few weeks I suggested taking a look at Frontier Myanmar (of course).
 
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Without further ado, let's get to it.
Rohingya and Rakhine
 
-Aung San Suu Kyi promised more transparency regarding the atrocities in Rakhine while heading to Japan to plead her case for more investment. You can read the full interview here- it’s worth it, as there are some gems in there.
 
-India decided to deport seven Rohingya to Myanmar. In the meantime five Rohingya “displaced people” returned to Myanmar.
 
-Not really news to most, but earlier this week a UN rights envoy declared that, “Myanmar is ‘unable and unwilling’ to investigate its abuses against Rohingya Muslims’.”
 
Domestic affairs
 
-Three journalists from local media company Eleven Media were arrested in relation to a story that was critical of Yangon Regional Government’s business dealings. Adding more numbers and letters to the growing list of laws/codes that journalists can be charged under, the three were arrested under Section 505(b).
 
-This embarrassingly coincides with Aung San Suu Kyi’s latest interview, in which she says, “Well, I think there is a lot of press freedom in Myanmar. I have to go back to what I said. Don’t ask me, study what the press is doing from day to day in the country, the local press not the international press…”
 
-Local organization Athan points out that 44 journalists have faced trial under Aung San Suu Kyi’s government, with more than half of complaints against them coming from government officials.
 
-Ethnic armed organizations will be in attendance at the Mt. Popa peace talks that are just around the corner.
 
-Truck drivers blocked downtown roads on Thursday, protesting new operating hours regarding when they can access Yangon’s port. If you’re interested in reading more about port corruption in Yangon I suggest digging thru some more of Mratt Kyaw Thu’s articles.
 
On the borders
 
-While on holiday a piece I wrote about Karen women cataloging orchids species was published. The project is part of the Salween Peace Park initiative, which aims to combat socially and environmentally destructive projects in the civil war-torn region.
 
-The Ta’ang National Liberation Army has decided to release the woman they detained and charged under the own high court. Rule of law, indeed.
 
-Several Rakhine youth protestors have been released on bail. They’ve seemingly been charged with penal code section after penal code section with the hopes of keeping them behind bars, after “thousands of Mrauk-U residents staged a protest on Jan. 16 after officials canceled a memorial event to mark the 233rd anniversary of the end of the Arakan Dynasty. Local police opened fire on the crowd, killing seven and wounding 12.”
 
-Hostages from rival ethnic groups held by the United Wa State Army have been released, says the Kachin Baptist Convention.
 
Toli moli
 
-A dive into the shady business elements relating to the foreign liquor ban that happened in Myanmar last week.
 
And that’s it for this week! The Burmese holiday of Thadingyut is right around the corner, filling the streets with light and music more than usual. A snap from last year’s celebration:
 
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Have a great weekend.

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